He was a drummer/musician at the West Valley 25th Annual Pow Wow. I wish I knew more about him. I didn’t have a chance to talk to him. He was resplendent, ominous, and intriging, and I had a dozen questions in my mind I wanted to ask him.
I have been a long time admirer of Diana’s Still-life’s. She has an innate sense composition which I envy. She cleverly stages everyday objects into wonderful compositions that are both beautiful and timeless fine art photographs.
She shares with us how she created this beautiful piece she calls “Desk Corner”.
Q. Tell us about this set up?
Diana: Setting up the still life is the biggest hurdle; trying to make sure it looks as natural as possible. Objects should look as though they have a relationship to one another in a natural way. For this composition I began with the flowers. Then I slowly added in other items. I do not really think about it before hand. It comes to me as I am creating it. I will remove, and switch items until I feel it is cohesive and in good balance. I always like to have the light as soft as possible to create a gentle softness and mood.
Q. How did you expose for this shot?
Diana: I don’t have too much available light from a nearby window, so I used two lamps with natural light bulbs… one to be the main source and the other as “fill” light. They have bendable arms so I can position them easily in any direction. My exposure was Shutter Speed 1/40 with an F stop of 8. I used a tripod with a cable release.
Q. What camera and lens did you use for this shot?
Diana: The shot was taken with a Nikon D300 with a 50mm 1.8 lens. After I upload the image, I also add “texture” by placing it over the entire image and then vary the opacity in certain areas to allow the photo to come through the texture.
To see more of Diana’s work visit her website here.